Shouted republican slogans in hospital - court told

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A Derry man has appeared at the city’s magistrate’s court charged with assaulting a constable and being disorderly at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Before the court was 42-year-old, John Quigley of Flat B, 5 Asylum Road in Derry who is charged with committing the offences on December 23 last year.

The court heard that the police were tasked to deal with a situation where a male was being aggressive to staff at a commercial premises and when they arrived they were told he had caused damage.

Police spoke to the defendant, who was aggressive towards them and said he wanted to fight.

His fists were clenched and his chest was stuck out in a fighting stance, Counsel for the Public Prosecution Service said.

His threatening behaviour continued and police had to place him in handcuffs, and it was noted that he had a substantial amount of blood coming from his right hand.

Counsel said first aid was attempted but the defendant attempted to headbutt a policeman prior to being transferred to hospital.

At hospital he shouted republican slogans in the Accident and Emergency Department.

Mr Padraig McDermott, defending, said his client had a bottle of alcohol which had broken which caused the injury, and despite police attempting to help him his behaviour had continued.

He said Quigley had a previous relevant record and had completed a Community Service Order.

Mr McDermott said his client’s circumstances had changed recently in that he had got a job, and he hoped it would keep him on the straight and narrow.

Hearing the outline facts, the District Judge, Barney McElholm, adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report.

Quigley is due to come before the court again on April 25.